New Delhi: A safe and secure world is a shared responsibility, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday as he addressed the 90th Interpol General Assembly in the national capital.
Calling India a case study “in upholding diversity and democracy”, Modi said that “over the last 99 years” Interpol, which will mark its 100th in 2023, had connected 195 countries globally.
“This is despite differences in the legal framework,” Modi said, adding that this was a call for “universal cooperation to make the world a better place”.
“India is one of the top contributors to the UN Peacekeeping Operations. From climate targets to Covid vaccines, India has shown the willingness to take the lead in any crisis,” Modi said.
Modi also spoke about police forces’ contribution to social welfare.
“Police forces across the world are furthering social welfare. They are the frontline responders during any crisis. I pay my respect to the police personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of the people,” he said.
Earlier, a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office said: “The Interpol General Assembly meeting is taking place in India after a gap of about 25 years — it was last held in 1997. India’s proposal to host the Interpol General Assembly in 2022 at New Delhi coinciding with celebrations for the 75th year of India’s independence was accepted by the General Assembly with an overwhelming majority”.
Held from 18-21 October in New Delhi, the 90th Interpol General Assembly will see delegates from 195 Interpol member countries comprising ministers, police chiefs of countries, heads of national central bureaus, and senior police officers in attendance.
ThePrint’s national photo editor Praveen Jain brings you pictures from the event.